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What do Weigh-in-Motion Scale Systems Mean for Trucking Enforcement?

Nov 9, 2022 3:15:04 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Overloaded, Overweight ticket, Fines, DOT

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Weigh-in-motion (WIM) scales are embedded scales that can weigh vehicles while they are in motion on interstate roadways. This type of scale works by using sensors in the road and imaging technology to tell what kind of vehicle is currently on the scale and how much each axle weighs. Some of the more sophisticated systems can tell which tires are low on pressure as well. The accuracy of weigh in motion systems are continuing to improve and can provide weights with 3% error or less.

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What are the ELD Malfunctions and Data Diagnostic Events?

Nov 7, 2022 2:17:05 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in ELDs

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According to the ELD requirements, electronic logging devices are supposed to log certain events as malfunctions or data diagnostic events if the device can't acquire all required data items. Some ELD providers will indicate these items as a "malfunction" or "data diagnostic" with little information about the cause. This can confuse and worry users into thinking their ELD is broken and leaving them exposed for DOT violations for not having a working ELD.

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What is the Agricultural (ag) exemption for hours of service?

Nov 4, 2022 11:22:26 AM / by Mike Riegel

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The agricultural exemption is a special consideration that allows carriers of agricultural commodities to be exempt from keeping Hours of service and using Electronic logging devices (ELDs). There are certain conditions that qualify a driver or carrier for using this special exemption.

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The Hazardous Materials BASIC

Nov 2, 2022 3:05:08 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Safety, Fines, FMCSA, DOT

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The Hazardous Materials Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) is one of seven categories that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses to determine how a motor carrier ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of safety events (i.e., inspections, violations, or crashes). This is used to determine a carrier's CSA score.

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The Controlled Substance and Alcohol BASIC

Nov 2, 2022 12:51:02 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Safety, Fines, FMCSA, DOT

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The Controlled Substance and Alcohol Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) is one of seven categories that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses to determine how a motor carrier ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of safety events (i.e., inspections, violations, or crashes). This is used to determine a carrier's CSA score.

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